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'Poor but Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East and West' with Agata Pyzik
Wednesday 26th November, 7pm

Para-academia’ with Deborah Withers, Alex Wardrop, and Charlotte Cooper
Saturday 6th December, 6.30pm

‘Afghanistan: Mission Accomplished? The legacy of 14 years of war’ with Maya Evans
Wednesday 10th December, 7pm

'The Democratic SurroundMultimedia and American Liberalism from World War II to the Psychedelic Sixties' 
with Fred Turner

Friday 19th December, 7pm

'Class Wargames Book Talk and Collective Playing of Brian Mayer’s Freedom: the underground railroad' with Richard Barbrook 
Monday 22th December, 7pm

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‘Afghanistan: Mission Accomplished? The legacy of 14 years of war’
with Maya Evans
Wednesday 10th December, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

After 14 years British forces have officially concluded their war in Afghanistan, but what is the legacy of the conflict?


Maya Evans has now visited Afghanistan three times over the last three years during which she lived and work with a non-violent Afghan youth group who campaign for peace and grassroots change. During her trips Maya visited refugee camps, health facilities, NGOs, journalists and moreover ordinary Afghans, giving her political analysis a grassroots perspective.

Her previous campaigning against the Afghan war has included a High Court enquiry into the British treatment of Afghan detainees, as well as a prison sentence for protests relating to a NATO bombing of an Afghan wedding party.

Maya is the Co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Non-Violence UK

'The Democratic Surround
: Multimedia and American Liberalism from World War II to the Psychedelic Sixties'
with Fred Turner and Richard Barbrook

Friday 19th December, 7pm
Free Entry

Housmans are delighted to welcome Fred Turner, associate professor of communication at Stanford University, to discuss his latest book, 'The Democratic Surround'. The event will be chaired by Richard Barbrook of Cybersalon and politics lecturer at University of Westminster.

"This is the true story of how a small group of artists and anthropologists set out to create an alternative to fascism during World War II – and ended up setting the stage for the consumer-driven, media-saturated world we inhabit today. A gripping, well-balanced, and surprising history.” Douglas Rushkoff, author of Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now

We commonly think of the psychedelic ’60s as an explosion of creative energy and freedom that arose in direct revolt against the social restraint and authoritarian hierarchy of the early Cold War years. Yet, as Fred Turner reveals in The Democratic Surround, the decades that brought us the Korean War and communist witch hunts also witnessed an extraordinary turn toward explicitly democratic, open, and inclusive ideas of communication and with them new, flexible models of social order. Surprisingly, he shows that it was this turn that brought us the revolutionary multimedia and the wild-eyed individualism of the 1960s counterculture.

In this prequel to his celebrated book From Counterculture to Cyberculture, Turner rewrites the history of postwar America, showing how in the 1940s and ’50s American liberalism offered a far more radical social vision than we now remember. Turner tracks the influential mid-century entwining of Bauhaus aesthetics with American social science and psychology. From the Museum of Modern Art in New York to the New Bauhaus in Chicago and Black Mountain College in North Carolina, Turner shows how some of the most well-known artists and intellectuals of the forties developed new models of media, new theories of interpersonal and international collaboration, and new visions of an open, tolerant, and democratic self in direct contrast to the repression and conformity associated with the fascist and communist movements.

He then shows how their work shaped some of the most significant media events of the Cold War, including Edward Steichen’s Family of Man exhibition, the multimedia performances of John Cage, and, ultimately, the psychedelic Be-Ins of the sixties. Turner demonstrates that by the end of the 1950s this vision of the democratic self and the media built to promote it would actually become part of the mainstream, even shaping American propaganda efforts in Europe.

'Class Wargames Book Talk and Collective Playing of Brian Mayer’s Freedom: the underground railroad' with Richard Barbrook
Monday 22th December, 7pm

Free Entry

Class Wargames Celebrates the Solstice! The Emancipation Trail is Opened!

“It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.” – Frederick Douglass

Richard Barbrook will be talking about his new book 'Class Wargames: ludic subversion against spectacular capitalism' - the ideal Xmas present for the radicals in your life! This presentation will be followed by a participatory performance of 'Freedom' – a cooperative board game where the players are Abolitionists aiding people escaping from the slave labour camps of early-19th America.

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'South Sudan: A Slow Liberation' with Edward Thomas, Thomas Mawan Muortat and Liz Hodgkin
Wednesday 14th January, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

South Sudan: A Slow Liberation tries to explain how South Sudan's first years as an independent country have been marred by violence. Often that violence is explained as 'tribal' or 'ethnic' conflict - an explanation which simplifies and conceals the rapid economic and social changes that have been brought about by war. The book tries to fit South Sudan's story into a much bigger story of violence, racism and economic changes in Africa and across the world over the past two centuries.

But it's written from a very local perspective - it's based on several hundred interviews carried out in Jonglei state, one of the remotest and most mutinous peripheries of South Sudan. It explains the big story of violence and economics through local stories: of cattle-keepers trying to navigate a new economy where food is not just grown or raised by households, but is bought, looted, or allocated by humanitarian agencies; of town people trying to get an education, and to persuade the government - the biggest employer - to give them a job. It explains too how ethnicity gets caught up with local struggles for survival and advancement. Accessibly written, it provides a revealing and multi-layered introduction to what's happening in South Sudan today.

The most lucid, insightful account of South Sudan’s predicament in print – Alex de Waal, World Peace Foundation, Tufts University

Succinctly examines the challenges facing South Sudanese struggling for freedom – Peter Adwok Nyaba, former South Sudan minister of higher education

A must-read … Edward Thomas’s book expertly documents the lessons from history for South Sudan’s future – Alex Vines, head of Chatham House’s Africa Programme

Come along for a panel discussion led by three of South Sudan’s most thoughtful analysts. Thomas Mawan Muortat is from Rumbek, a town at the heart of South Sudan. He studied there and in Sudan, Egypt and the UK and works as an analyst of South Sudan for broadcast media and leading London think tanks. Liz Hodgkin taught history at the University of Khartoum from 1968 to 1973, and was one of the founders of the newsletter Sudan Update in the 1980s. She worked from 2002 to 2009 as the Sudan researcher for Amnesty International. For the past two years, she has been teaching in the history department of Isoke School in the tall green mountains of Eastern Equatoria, South Sudan. Mawan and Liz will be joined by the author, Eddie Thomas, who has worked in Sudan and South Sudan for ten years, as a teacher, human rights worker and researcher.


'Capitalism is Bad for Your Mental Health' with Robert Dellar, Alistair Kemp, and the Association of Musical Marxists
Wednesday 21st January, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Robert Dellar's Splitting in Two: Mad Pride and Punk Rock Oblivion, a book of memories and fantasy by one of the founders of Mad Pride has opened the door on a new kind of politics. Being published by Unkant, publishing wing of the Association of Musical Marxists - a group set up by rebel SWP members - is a sign of the left's regroupment, since Mad Pride was heavily associated with Hackney anarchism.

 The AMM persuaded Dellar to read Psycho-Politics by Peter Sedgwick, doyen of the early, libertarian SWP, and this meeting will allow Dellar to talk about what he found. We have invited Alastair Kemp, editor of TheNewhaven Journeyman ("where music, politics and madness meet") to speak as well. There will also be musical interludes by the AMM All Stars. This will be an unusual night of genuinely unpredictable conversation and laughs. 

You can find background reading here ( as well as stuff on Rob's Unkant book ...

[Again] Indroductions presents:
'Contemporary Journalism' with Nick Davies

Wednesday 28th January, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

The first talk in the [Again] series concerns contemporary journalism and the means by which we, as political subjects, find out about the current affairs and the goings on of society and the world. We are joined by award-winning journalist Nick Davies, who will talk about the shocking hacking scandal and its various effects and implications. Journalism is one of the key ways in which truth is spoken to power, and Nick's most recent book Hack Attack, revolves precisely around that democratic principle. In a similar vein, Nick's first book, Flat Earth News, exposed much of the corroption taking place in journlaism today. For more information on his work, visit

[Again] is a London-based organisation aimed at the amplification of an intellectual culture concerned with concepts and problems. We believe that it is possible to propagate such a situation beyond the capacities of the university institution, through the creation and maintenance of an active, independent community. Set up in 2014, Again has hosted numerous talks and reading groups, organized a conference (concerning the philosophy of Georges Bataille), an art exhibition and has much more planned.

The ‘Introductions’ series of talks is aimed at tackling contemporary political issues in an accessible manner. Each half hour talk will be given by an expert in the particular field, ensuring an informed, precise summary of the problems and issues raised therein. A hand-out will be provided with a short book list identifying the key texts in that domain should you wish to read further into the subject. For this series, we’ve picked three exciting topics fundamental to the understanding of politics today. We hope to see you there!

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